ARTES is a decision process that responders can choose to follow when they need to evaluate new technologies or products for potential use during an oil spill. It was developed to aid in evaluating non-conventional alternative countermeasures, but it can also be used to evaluate proposed conventional countermeasures.
Exposure to an oil spill can cause external and internal problems in killer whales when oil is ingested or inhaled. Learn about the methods that are sometimes used to deter whales from the area of a spill.
Tarballs, the little, dark-colored pieces of oil that stick to our feet when we go to the beach, are are often remnants of oil spills but can also be produced from natural seeps, places where oil slowly escapes from the earth surface above some petroleum reservoirs.
When spill response managers determine that seafood may be affected by spilled oil, the next step is to assess whether seafood is tainted or contaminated to levels that could pose a risk to human health through consumption. Download several publications that describe how to monitor seafood for exposure and contamination after an oil spill.
Learn about the many different kinds of oil, which differ from each other in viscosity, volatility, and toxicity. When spilled, the various types of oil can affect the environment differently. They also differ in how hard they are to clean up.